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French Country Decor Staples

Thursday French Country Decor

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Appears like a lot right? Well sit down and have a cup of coffee this morning, going over this list. Oh...you might want to print this list.

You know what you can afford. Go through the checklist and check off some of the things you might want to look at when you go out and about.

So let's take a look at each of these in a little more detail to help you with your shopping, or selections.

Trays

If ever there was a single most perfect decor item, TRAYS would be it! They can be used literally in every room in your house to corral messes or otherwise unrelated but necessary items. Use them at the front door to collect keys and pocket change. Or in the kitchen to keep daily-used items handy next to the stove, or to organize a coffee station. Use them in living rooms and dining rooms to hold vases of flowers, photos and other display items. Choose square ones, round ones, rectangular ones.

Just think about each room of your home and where you think you could use a little organizing. This will help you in deciding what type of trays to purchase. Write this down on your checklist.

Vases & Containers

There’s no doubt that fresh flowers bring so much life to a room. Especially in the dead of winter, even grocery store blooms are much appreciated. Having a simple VASE or two on hand is always a good idea for your own bouquet purchases – or for when a lovely friend surprises you with a hostess gift! Even faux branches can bring cheer to a room in a pretty vase. Fortunately vases are often inexpensive and easy to find.

Throw Pillows

Remember me saying that I only have down-filled THROW PILLOWS on my sofa, well investing in a few of these is a perfect way of saving money because then all you'll need to purchase are the pillow covers. You can purchase these on Amazon for a very reasonable price.

Throw Blankets

Throw blankets are another inexpensive way to add color and texture that can be switched out with the changing seasons.

Flowers & Plants

For those of us with black thumbs, fake greenery in the form of PLANTS and FLOWERS can be a total decorating lifesaver. Every room looks better with something “organic and living”. Thankfully these days, dried and fake plants look far better than they did when I was a kid. I pick up floral stems and branches from Michaels when I have a coupon usually. I’ve even bought potted “plants” from warehouse versions of decor stores for less than $5 each, like at Ikea.

Candle Sticks & Candle Holders

Candles can add a lovely romantic layer of lighting to any space. They’re soft and beautiful and timeless. And if you invest in a great set of CANDLESTICKS OR CANDLE HOLDERS you can use very inexpensive candles from Ikea or the dollar store to bring a subtle and elegant mood to your decorating.

Decorative Objects

Depending on your decor style this can be anything from industrial inspired gears to DIY orbs and everything in between. There is a lot of leeway here to just buy a couple of DECORATIVE OBJECTS that you love. You don’t need many, so really just go with what catches your eye.

Artwork & Wall Decor

Because choosing ARTWORK & WALL DECOR is so personal, choose carefully. Choose what you adore and nothing else.

Mirrors

Mirrors are right up there with trays in the decorating world. And they can make a great replacement for art if you can’t seem to find artwork that you like. Mirrors can be propped or hung just about anywhere. The bonus with mirrors? They reflect light and can help brighten an otherwise dark room!

Table Lamps & Floor Lamps

Obviously you need lighting! Having various levels of lighting, such as table lamps for reading or floor lamps to soften the space is key to creating a designer looking space. Just choose coordinating styles and finishes.

Baskets

Baskets can corral all manner of clutter and untidiness! From blankets to shoes, to DVDs and every possible thing in between. Having a few large baskets tucked under side tables or in corners can be a very stylish way to stay organized…and to stash things in a hurry when unexpected company shows up at your door!

Area Rugs

Did you know that you can use area rugs over any type of flooring? It’s true. You can place area rugs even over wall-to-wall broadloom to anchor a space – or hide an ugly or worn floor! That’s what makes area rugs one of the decor staples. They tend to warm up a room and create an inviting atmosphere.

Curtains & Draperies

While it’s true that you can get away without curtains or drapery – and may want to in some rare cases – most rooms feel rather unfinished without them. In fact one of my big suggestions is that you do not hang any artwork in a room until AFTER you’ve chosen and hung curtains.

Table Settings

If you buy open stock white dishware; i.e. at the dollar store, you can mix and match all manner of table accessories. Napkins, place mats, napkin rings can all be bought out of season for very little money. One can build quite a beautiful collection. And then just imagine all the fun you can have!

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